The Marc Steiner Show

Archive for poetry

Elizabeth Alexander: The Light of the World

alexanderMay 15, 2015 – Segment 3

We are joined by poet and playwright Elizabeth Alexander about her exquisitely written and deeply moving memoir The Light of the WorldAlexander is the Chancellor of the Academy of American Poets and Frederick Iseman Professor of Poetry at Yale University. The Light of the World is about the death of her beloved husband.

Poet Mark Nowak

marknowakApril 1, 2015 – Segment 2

Anthony McCarthy sits in as guest host for Marc Steiner.

We’re joined by poet Mark Nowak, recipient of the 2015 Split This Rock Freedom Plow Award for Poetry and Activism, which will be awarded to him on April 2. Nowak’s latest book is Coal Mountain Elementary, and he is being recognized for his work facilitating “poetry dialogues” between workers around the world.

Remembering Audre Lorde On Her Birthday

audreFebruary 18, 2015 – Segment 2

We celebrate the birthday of Audre Lorde, who described herself as a “Black lesbian mother warrior poet.” Producer Mark Gunnery spoke to local artists, activists, poets, academics and performers about her life and impact, and asked them to share some of their favorite writings of hers. With: the Rev. Merrick Moise, writer, community activist and teacher, and one of the first African Americans ordained within the Old Catholic Movement in Baltimore; Kalima Young, Instructor at the University of Maryland College Park and Towson University and Director of the Baltimore Art + Justice Project, a project of the Office of Community Engagement at the Maryland Institute College of Art; Abdu Ali, musician, DJ, and arts and culture events curator; Dr. Karsonya “Kaye” Wise Whitehead, Assistant Professor of Communication and Affiliate Assistant Professor of African and African American Studies at Loyola University Maryland, and the author of several books, including the recently released Letters to My Black Sons: Raising Boys in a Post-Racial America, and the award-winning Notes From A Colored Girl: The Civil War Pocket Diaries of Emile Frances Davis; and Michelle Antoinette Nelson aka LOVE the Poet, indie spoken word artist and musician, and author of the book Black Marks on White Paper.


Remembering Maryland Poet Laureate Lucille Clifton

cliftonFebruary 13, 2015 – Segment 3

Maryland Poet Laureate Lucille Clifton passed away on this day in 2010. We remember her by listening to her read some of her best poems, and we listen back to a segment from the Marc Steiner Show archives, where we talked to friends and colleagues about Lucille Clifton’s life and legacy shortly after her passing. Featuring: Michael Glaser, the Poet Laureate of Maryland, who taught with Lucille Clifton at St. Mary’s College of Maryland, and his wife Kathleen Glaser, who was principal of Hollywood Elementary School where Clifton spoke to students; E. Ethelbert Miller, a poet and literary activist on the Board of the Institute for Policy Studies, and Director of the African American Resource Center at Howard University; poet and playwright Kenneth Carroll; and Wayne Karlin, a writer, who has written and edited many books, and a professor in the Languages and Literature Department at the College of Southern Maryland.

LOVE the Poet and Jahiti On The Bolton Hill Open Mic Series

jahitiJanuary 16, 2015 – Segment 3

We hear a special preview of the Bolton Hill Open Mic Series show this weekend, with: spoken word artist and musician Michelle Antoinette aka LOVE the Poet; and singer-songwriter Jahiti.

Voices From The Archives: Poet Nikki Giovanni


November 20, 2014 – Segment 4

We’re joined by legendary poet Nikki Giovanni for a ranging conversation.

From The Archives: Poet, Activist and Author Dr. Sonia Sanchez

Dr. Sonia SanchezOctober 22, 2014 – Segment 4

We close out the show with a very special archive edition of The Marc Steiner Show. Listen in to my 2010 interview with poet, activist and author Dr. Sonia Sanchez. The author of over 16 books, Sanchez is an expert on Black culture and literature, women’s liberation, and racial justice. Her books include Morning Haiku,We a BaddDDD People, and Homegirls and Handgrenades.



Theatre Baltimore: God’s Country Featuring LOVE the Poet

lovethepoetOctober 7, 2014 – Segment 3

Join us for a sneak peek of God’s Country, a performance by LOVE the Poet opening for a one week run by the Strand Theater Company. We’re joined by Michelle Antoinette aka LOVE the Poet, spoken word artist and musician.


E. Ethelbert Miller: Addressing Black Manhood in Ceremonies of Dark Men

Ceremonies of Dark MenSeptember 5, 2014 – Segment 2

I talk with nationally renowned poet and literary activist E. Ethelbert Miller about Ceremonies of Dark Men, an exhibition of large-scale photographs by five male artists complemented by poetic excerpts and placed in key areas around Washington, DC. The works will, in part, address issues of black manhood in creative ways. The exhibition will be unveiled this weekend (September 5) and be on display until December 30, 2014. Click here for more information.  


Remembering Maryland Poet Laureate Lucille Clifton

Lucille CliftonFebruary 13, 2014 – Segment 3

We celebrate the life of poet Lucille Clifton. Clifton, a prolific wordsmith known for deceptively simple poems that speak volumes about contemporary life, the African American experience, and womanhood, served as Maryland’s Poet Laureate from 1979-1985. She died in February of this 2010, and we sat down with friends, colleagues, and fellow poets to discuss her life and work.

This segment originally aired April 22, 2010.


Legacy of Amiri Baraka (1934-2014)

Amiri BarakaJanuary 14, 2014 – Segment 2

We honor the legacy of poet and author Amiri Baraka (LeRoi Jones) who died last week. Our guests are:

  • Dr. Jelani Cobb, associate professor of History and Director of the Institute of African American Studies at the University of Connecticut;
  • Dr. Komozi Woodard, professor of History at Sarah Lawrence College, and author of A Nation Within a Nation: Amiri Baraka and Black Power Politics;
  • and Bashi Rose, Founder of D.R.A.M.A. (Direct Responses Alleviate Misdirected Aggression), which uses the theatre and film as tools to help African-American high school youth and incarcerated adults navigate conflict without resorting to violence.


Come On Son: An Interactive Poetry Experience

come on sonAugust 7, 2013 – Segment 4

We speak with four fascinating poets about an interactive poetry experience called Come On Son. Featuring four women based out of the Baltimore area, it will play this Sunday in Baltimore. We’re joined by Rebecca Dupas; Bria McCormick; LOVE the Poet; and Shelly Says So.



Baltimore Poets Afaa Michael Weaver And Reginald Harris

Weaver-HarrisMay 2, 2013

We hear the second part of a segment we started yesterday featuring two Baltimore-born poets, Afaa Michael Weaver and Reginald Harris, reading at the City Lit Festival at Enoch Pratt Free Library last month. They share poems and stories of growing up in Baltimore.


CityLit Festival featuring Afaa Michael Weaver and Reginald Harris,

May 1, 2013 -Segment 4 -We will close out our program with the voices of Afaa Michael Weaver and Reginald Harris, two great poets from Baltimore that we recorded a few weeks ago at the City Lit Festival at Enoch Pratt Free Library.